My 50th Birthday week

My 50th Birthday week

The important moments in life are not always the biggest things. In fact, they are often the small things, the smile, the joke, the shared cuppa, the chat, the magical moments of connection.

Happiness is something you cultivate by looking for moments of beauty, truth and connection and find moments for gratitude in every day life. Don’t miss it by not being present.

Digestive Health and Nutrient Deficiencies

Digestive Health and Nutrient Deficiencies

Digestive health starts well before you are born. It starts with the health or your parents pre-conception and with mum’s health during pregnancy. The first inoculation of good bacteria you get to support your gut/immune system from the outside world is from mum on...

Is it wrong to find pleasure in food?

Is it wrong to find pleasure in food?

Yes food is a fuel and it is essential to understand this fact, however, food is also a great source of pleasure and attached to many cultural and religious rituals. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, enjoying good food is one of life’s great pleasures! The issue is much more complex!

Complete Protein Balls

Complete Protein Balls

Complete Protein BallsIngredients 8 medjool dates (pits pulled out)2T coconut water (room temperature if possible)1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)1 cup blanched almond meal1/4 cup Miessence Complete Protein1/4 cup cacao   Method 1. Soak the medjool dates in coconut...

Choc Banana Smoothie

Choc Banana Smoothie

Choc Banana Smoothie½ banana frozen ½ avocado 1 T cacao1 hand full of baby spinach leaves200ml of coconut water Serves 1Cals 357Protein 5gFat 18gCarbs 20g

Turmeric Coconut Mince

Turmeric Coconut Mince

Turmeric Coconut Mince 1 carrot chopped1 red capsicum roughly chopped½ brown onion roughly chopped500g free range pork or grass fed beef mince1 tin Ayam full fat coconut milk (275g)1t ground turmeric½t ground ginger½t ground cumin1 tin chickpeas rinsed (400g)200g...

The rise of the barbie doll

The rise of the barbie doll

I have noticed over the past 10 years a rise in women who look like barbie dolls or animated caricature style characters. It is not new for women to want to look their best whether it be with make up, fashion, piercings, exercise, diet and sometimes surgery. However...

Tips for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Tips for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Before you make any New Year’s Resolutions, my suggestion is you start with this little but very important exercise. Forgive yourself, yes, that’s right, forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for all the resolutions you haven’t kept in the past, hanging on to shame about the past is not useful if you want to change the future, it will only hold you back. If you begin to cultivate gratitude and joy, have self compassion, letting go of perfection, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.

Are you on a Fad Diet?

Are you on a Fad Diet?

Interestingly the DAA who call a fad diet “a restrictive diet that often eliminates entire food groups”, and uses this as their justification for being anti paleo and LCHF (low carbohydrate healthy fat) also promote vegetarian and vegan diets to be healthy, by definition these are diets that are a “restrictive diet that often eliminates entire food groups”. I understand why the public are confused, I am too!

It is important that if you are receiving dietary advice from government authorities and health authorities, that it is based on science and is in no way influenced by the junk food industry or religious groups.

World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

The reality is the vast majority of people affected by mental illness are able to lead independent and contributing lives in the community, with the right treatment and support. With one in five Australians affected, they form part of our close circles of family, friends and colleagues, and interact with us in our communities every day.

Can depression be driven by junk food?

Poor diet leads to inflammation of not just the gut but the whole body, known as “systemic inflammation”. Dr Lassale from the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London  explained that “chronic inflammation can affect mental health by transporting pro-inflammatory molecules into the brain, it can also affect the molecules – neurotransmitters – responsible for mood regulation”.

Signs of Stroke – do you know what to look for?

Signs of Stroke – do you know what to look for?

This year, Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to discover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke. This is a topic close to my heart as I have suffered from several small strokes (infarcts) in my early to mid-twenties and I still have permanent brain damage. These happened to me during migraines (yes you can have a stroke caused by a migraine).

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep and How to Improve It Poor sleep habits are becoming a big issue for many people in this modern world. Common things that interfere with sleep are: drugs, alcohol, chemicals, stress, pain, breathing issues and work. Why it is important to get...

Love to travel but hate Tummy bugs?

Love to travel but hate Tummy bugs?

Love to travel but hate tummy bugs? Bali Belly, Delhi Belly Many popular places to travel to unfortunately have "dodgy" water including South East Asia, southern Europe and parts of Africa. It is great to travel however if you get a tummy bug it can ruin your holiday....

Asthma, how a focus on gut health can help

Asthma, how a focus on gut health can help

More and more research suggests improving the health of your gut bacteria can support your immune system, improve mental health, improve digestive health and help with overall health and wellbeing. A study presented at the annual meeting of the Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) indicates that it can also be a way to treat asthma. TSANZ president Professor Peter Gibson said “we’re at the tip of a new paradigm for how diet can be used to treat asthma.”

Health Reset Program – May 2018

Health Reset Program - May 2018 In May we are running our Health Reset Program. It is available for anyone in Australia (over 18) by application only. It will be run online through a closed Facebook group, Health Reset with Informed Health:...

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day is on 8 March 2018, it is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys for good health. Women have unique risks for their kidney health. That’s why this year, World Kidney Day is dedicated to women.

How to achieve Weight Loss and Health

How to achieve Weight Loss and Health

The calories in/calories out theory (otherwise known as the glutton/sloth theory) is very psychologically damaging. If you believe it and you are overweight, then you will feel shame and believe you have no self-control or will-power. If you start your journey from that place you are doomed to fail. Nobody ever hated themselves to good health..

Have you been good or bad?

Have you been good or bad?

It is time that we throw away all of this emotional language around food. Rather than focusing on good or bad, right or wrong etc, when making a choice around food, consider this; will this food nourish me at this moment, or not? Sometimes the food that will nourish you at that moment is the salad and sometimes it’s the chocolate, and that is OK. You are checking in with yourself and making a conscious choice. When we really tune in and listen to our body we begin to make the right choices for ourselves. This is how we learn to nurture and nourish ourselves.

What you need to know about New Year’s Resolutions

What you need to know about New Year’s Resolutions

Before you make any New Year’s Resolutions, my suggestion is you start with this little but very important exercise first. Forgive yourself, yes, that’s right, forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for all the resolutions you haven’t kept/achieved before, hanging on to shame about the past is not useful if you want to change the future, it will only hold you back.

Do we need to focus on weight for health?

Do we need to focus on weight for health?

Losing weight often gets all the credit for correcting health problems however some of those changes would have happened with our without the weight loss due to the healthy lifestyle habits adopted by that person. I have seen many overweight people correct various health issues in my clinic, some that included weight loss and some didn’t.

The problem with using Will Power as a Health Strategy

The problem with using Will Power as a Health Strategy

Whatever you do, don’t eat chocolate! The problem with using willpower to change our behaviour is the way our brain is wired. In order for your brain to know what it needs to avoid, it needs to picture what you are trying to avoid. For example, when you tell your brain that you need to avoid chocolate, it brings chocolate front and centre so it knows what it needs to avoid. Can you see how this is a problem? All you can do now is think about chocolate.

The health of your shopping trolley is a big predictor of your health

The health of your shopping trolley is a big predictor of your health

I notice though whenever I do look into other people’s trolleys at the supermarket that most of us fill our trolley with the kind of foods you may be buying for a party, foods they now refer to on Sesame Street as “sometimes foods”.

However, I do encourage you to look at your own trolley, is it full of health giving nutritious foods or nutrient devoid inflammatory “foods”? The health of your trolley is a great predictor of your health. What are you choosing?

The Biggest Loser – inspirational or appalling

The Biggest Loser – inspirational or appalling

So far in this season of The Biggest Loser Transformed, I'm leaning towards appalling. I call BS on this show. It makes me sooooo angry! Firstly people are achieving weight loss of 4-10kg in 1 week, which I simply don't believe. Previous contestants of this kind of...

Why your health and fat loss goals are likely to fail

Why your health and fat loss goals are likely to fail

Do you really believe that shaming and hating on ourselves is the key to good health! How’s that working for you?

Your health and weight goals need good foundations to build on. You simply cannot hate yourself to health! You need to start from a place of kindness, compassion, forgiveness and love, your journey should be about nourishing and healing your mind and body.

What you need to know about Carbohydrates

What you need to know about Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are a macronutrient; sugar is the generalised name for a class of chemically-related sweet-flavoured substances, which are carbohydrates. In your body all carbohydrates become glucose. (The other two macronutrients are protein and fat). Eating too much...